Head of Governance & Outreach

Program Management Washington, District of Columbia

Program Overview

Following the landmark Paris Agreement, countries are implementing their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for climate action. The NDC Partnership is a coalition of countries and international institutions working together to ensure countries receive the technical assistance and financial support they need to achieve ambitious climate and sustainable development targets as fast and effectively as possible.

The Partnership aims to increase alignment, coordination, and access to resources to link needs to solutions.

  1. Technical Assistance and Capacity Building - We support governments in defining the processes, policies, and plans required to deliver mitigation and adaptation goals, alongside other development objectives.
  2. Knowledge and Information Sharing - We enable countries to learn from and support each other, turning local know-how into global action through knowledge tools, case studies, peer-to-peer exchanges, and other knowledge products.
  3. Access to Finance - We facilitate countries in aligning their NDC goals with financial resources.

We use a country-driven approach that helps governments set priorities and connect them to available resources across our membership.

The NDC Partnership Support Unit is a staff of approximately 32 individuals, jointly hosted by the World Resources Institute in Washington, DC, and the UNFCCC in Bonn, Germany.

Job Summary

The NDC Partnership is looking for a Head of Governance and Outreach that will lead the engagement of the Support Unit with the members of the Partnership, manage its Communications team and manage time bound special projects.

In this role, you will lead the Membership and Outreach team, which supports the governance functions of the Partnership, including processes for accepting new members, preparation of meetings of the NDC Partnership’s Steering Committee, and preparation of NDC Partnership Member Forums. The team is also responsible for institutional relationships with non-state actors and organizations that contribute to the work and mission of the Partnership. This relationship development also includes supporting the fundraising activities of the Support Unit.

You will also oversee the communications team that is responsible for the implementation of the communications strategy of the NDC Partnership, in coordination with its members. You will oversee both proactive planning and implementation of ambitious, comprehensive communications strategies as well as reactive, rapid daily interaction on issues related to the Partnership.

Job Responsibilities 


  • Manage relationship of the Support Unit with the members of the NDC Partnership in close collaboration with the Country Engagement and Knowledge & Learning teams.
  • Identify and map areas of work, interests, countries/regions of operation of institutional, developed country and associate members.
  • Identify and map areas of work, interests, countries/regions of operation and opportunities for collaboration of relevant non-members.
  • Manage the preparation of Steering Committee meeting documents in collaboration with other Support Unit members.
  • Manage the preparation and execution of the Steering Committee meeting with support from the Project Coordinator and Events Associate.
  • Support the Global Director on communications with Co-Chairs and Steering Committee members.
  • Lead the onboarding process for new members and oversee the facilitation of a CRM system.
  • Support the Global Director and Operations Manager with donor relationships and fundraising (reports and proposals, correspondence).

Outreach & Communications

  • Facilitate the development, implementation and management of NDC Partnership global communications efforts, including through print, digital and multimedia outreach.
  • Manage/oversee a comprehensive strategy for events to increase visibility of the NDC Partnership and strengthen relationships among its members and other key partners.
  • Foster collaborative relationships with member countries and institutions to encourage global communications efforts around common messages.
  • Regularly track and evaluate metrics of success and adapt strategies to grow and improve outreach results over time.

Job Qualifications

  • 15+ years experience in the field of international development, including in an area such as grant-making, project management, monitoring and evaluation, development finance or policy, or program implementation, and operational activities of development institutions
  • Professional experience working in the developing world; experience working in the field a plus, including overseeing programs
  • Master’s degree or PhD preferred
  • Experience working within government systems or an international organization
  • Experience with fundraising and developing multi-million-dollar proposals
  • Ability to think creatively and collaboratively about all elements of communications work
  • Adaptable to rapidly changing priorities and able to manage multiple deadlines and deliver high quality work products
  • Advanced degree in policy or public administration, economics, international development, business, finance or similarly relevant field
  • Top tier analytic, strategic thinking and project management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English. Knowledge of French and/or Spanish a major advantage. Other language skills a plus.
  • Strong leadership and collaborative skills and an aptitude for relationship building

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address six critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water and sustainable cities.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of nearly 700 people with work spanning 50 countries. We have offices in AfricaBrazilChinaEuropeIndiaIndonesiaMexico and the United States.  

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.  

How to Apply

Please include a resume and cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people’s lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI’s policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse – with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.